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How Winning Indie Week Europe Led Pop Duo Victoria+Jean to a Record Deal

Photo by Olivier Donnet

Every year, Indie Week Europe holds a music festival in Manchester, England. Emerging artists perform in front of over a thousand guests, including industry professionals who work in A&R, booking, legal, management, press, and production. Last year, Swedish-Belgian pop duo Victoria+Jean went on to win the coveted "best of the fest" grand prize, which pushed their career into a whole new territory of success and opportunity. As a result of the win, they were invited to perform in Canada for the first time at Indie Week Canada and signed a very promising record deal with Cadence Music, which also boasts artists such as Alabama Shakes, Allen Stone, Cold War Kids, Phish, and Radiohead on its roster.

We caught up with the duo to get all the details on their Indie Week experience: what stood out, what surprised them, and how they were able to make it to the top of the judges' lists.

[Apply for a slot at Indie Week Europe 2016 by June 30!]

3 Spring Music Conferences You Don't Want to Miss

Sumo Cyco performs at Indie Week 2013. (Image via canada.indieweek.com)

Is one of your goals this year to make some legit music industry connections? One of the easiest ways to dive right in is to register for at least a few of the music conferences and showcases held around the globe each year for independent and professional musicians. Spring conference deadlines are approaching, so now is a great time to see what's out there. Aside from meeting other like-minded musicians, conferences are a fantastic way to meet other industry professionals such as A&R reps, managers, publicists, producers, and journalists. We've rounded up three spring music conferences with varying costs, opportunities, and locations that would be perfect for furthering your career and creating lasting working relationships with other creative-minded people.